Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Champ (Turkey & Brie Panini)

We made these paninis in honor of one that Matt ate at Champ's Deli when we were in New York two years ago (hence the name).  All we could remember (or find out) was that it had turkey, brie, and honey mustard.  It is very simple, but also very tasty!

Prep: 5 min./Cook: 5 min.
Yield: 2 sandwiches

3 slices (4 oz. total) Columbus Herb Roasted Turkey lunchmeat
12 thin slices Brie cheese (or however many it takes to cover the faces of your bread)
1 sliced tomato
2 Ciabatta buns
2 Tbs. mayonnaise
1 Tbs. mustard
1 Tbs. honey

Mix together honey, mustard, and mayonnaise.  Spread on both cut sides of each bun, then cover with Brie.  Add tomato and 1 1/2 slices of turkey to each sandwich.

Cook in a contact a grill or panini press set to sear for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasty, applying slight pressure to press the bread.

Slice and enjoy!

-  You can use whatever turkey you want, but I have to say that Columbus is my all-time favorite brand of turkey lunchmeat.  It's more expensive than other brands, and I've only seen it at Costco.  But it honestly tastes like Thanksgiving turkey, is 99% fat free, and is MUCH lower in sodium than other brands (we're talking 220 mg per 2 oz serving instead of the usual 500-700 mg).  It's worth it.
- Brie is one of those cheeses that is on the list of foods to avoid for pregnant women and small children; however, if you find a pasteurized Brie (our Costco carries a Henri Hutin Brie Couronne), then it's safe for both pregnant women and toddlers.
- Feel free to alter the amounts of mayo, honey, and mustard--to be honest, I didn't measure, so those amounts are complete guesses.  Dijon mustard also makes a very good honey mustard.
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